Part 163c – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Birth Search, circa 1841 – GG-Grandfather William Crossley

05 January 2010


Insert - Parish Church, Todmorden From Weaver To Web website; © Castle Series. E. & B. Ltd.

As with all searches into the lives of each ancestor, there are three vital records that should be gathered to assist us in an elementary understanding of the re-creation of their existences; Birth, Marriage, and Death.

In Part 157c I was able to use the England Censuses from 1841, 1851, 1861, and 1871 to trace some of gg-grandfather William Crossley’s life-line. The 1841 Census indicates that he was 5-months old when the Census was taken as of the night of 6 June 1841. This would infer that he was born in about January of 1841. This is not necessarily gospel but my Crossley families had been living in this area of the Parish of Rochdale for some time.

Inserted is the 1841 Census page as found through The National Archives and Included in the enumeration are ggg-grandparents Abraham and Hannah (née Newall); gg-grandaunts Mary, Hannah, and Sally; gg-granduncles Thomas, Peter, and Abraham; and gg-grandfather William, the youngest.

Transcribed -

The front page of the series of enumerations in which this page numbered 10 was included was as follows:

And my attempted transcription of the front page –
County of – Lancaster (Parliamentary Division) –
Hundred, Wapentake, Soke or Liberty of – Salford
Parish of – Rochdale
Township of – Walsden (part of)
City, or Borough, or Town, or County Corporate of –
Within the Limits of the Parliamentary Boundary of the City or Borough of –
Within the Municipal Boundary of –
Superintendent Registrar’s District – Todmorden
Registrar’s District – Todmorden
No. of Enumeration District – 33

Description of ditto – All that Part of the Hamlet of Walsden which lies to the North of the Turnpike Road heading from Coppers Bridge by way of Hollins to Ramsden Wood road end at Bottoms Hundred on the West and North by this was leading up Ramsden above Bottoms to Height Houses & from Height Houses to Knowsley & on the East by the road from Knowsley to this Turnpike Road at Clough & forward by the Turnpike Road to Coppers Bridge.
From the website Todmorden and Walsden baptisms at St. Mary’s Todmorden dated 4 May 1842 for five of the seven Crossley children listed in the 1841 Census. This includes gg-grandfather William; gg-granduncle Thomas and Peter; and gg-grandaunts Anna and Sarah. GG-grandaunt Mary the eldest daughter is listed as being baptised on 30 January 1842. GG-granduncle Abraham, (the junior), is missing.

A brief history of St. Mary’s at Todmorden is provided at the Todmorden and Walsden website.

I was able to map the area of District 33 to some extent, as outlined, using Google maps, and I was able to find a number of William Crossleys listed in the FreeBMD Indexes as provided through the Civil Registration Index of General Register Office in London. This task will be a bit more time-consuming as both gg-grandfather’s first name and surname are not necessarily uncommon.

Stay tuned and enjoy,



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